26 Apr
2011

Springtime Storms

Spring is here, and that means the start of storm season. We wanted to post a quick note with a couple of important computer tips:

  • Have you backed up your data lately? Your hard drive holds all of your important information—valuable pictures, critical documents, tax information, etc. If lightning strikes, your computer is at risk for data loss.
  • Check to see that you have battery backups and surge protectors installed to protect your equipment. Lightning strikes can cause damage to your computer, so be sure to have protection in place. In Florida, battery backups and surge protectors only last about three years. If yours are older, they probably need to be replaced. Make sure your router and modem are plugged into these to help protect your equipment.

If you need recommendations on what equipment to buy or need help with the installation, please give us a call. We are always here to help you!

14 Mar
2011

Malware threats increase every day

I found a really interesting article on cnet.com that talks about a big problem that we deal with every day, and something all of you should be very aware of – Malware threats.

According to the report, Malware-laden sites double from a year ago (click the link to read the article)

“More than 1 million Web sites were believed to be infected with malware in the fourth quarter of last year, nearly double from the previous year” and “The probability that an average Internet user will hit an infected page after three months of Web browsing is 95 percent.”

That’s huge. And believe me, we talk to clients every day that are infected with Malware that causes big problems with their computers.

Here are a couple of posts that we have made about Malware and Spyware and what they do to your systems, and what you can do to recognize these threats and help protect your computer and your identity.

Remember, you should always know which legitimate antivirus software you have. If you think you may have an infection, close all browser windows and run the appropriate security software as instructed by your technician or call us to setup an appointment ASAP. Regardless of how you handle this threat DO NOT provide any random pop-up with credit card information!

If you are unsure about what to do, always feel free to call us for advice!

To happy, safe web surfing,
Jeanette

6 Oct
2010

Malware Alert!

There is new Malware making the rounds. We would like to help you identify this threat because it uses Microsoft’s name and appears legitimate, but don’t be fooled – Microsoft will never ask you for money or your credit card information for any reason!

Always know which legitimate antivirus software you have. This will help you weed out the impostors. If you think you may have this infection please close all browser windows and run the appropriate security software as instructed by your technician or call us to setup an appointment ASAP. Regardless of how you handle this threat DO NOT provide any random pop-up with credit card information! If you are unsure about what to do, always feel free to call us for advice.

Below is some excerpts from www.bleepingcomputer.com about this threat, along with a screen shot of the initial pop-up:


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“The fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert is a Trojan that attempts to trick you into thinking you are infected so that you will then install and purchase one of 5 rogue anti-virus programs that it is distributing. When the Trojan is run it will masquerade as an alert from the legitimate Windows Microsoft Security Essentials Program anti-virus program. This alert will be titled Microsoft Security Essentials Alert and states that a Trojan was detected on your computer. It will list this Trojan as Unknown Win32/Trojan and state that it is a severe infection. It will then prompt you to clean your computer using the program in order to remove it. When you click on the Clean Computer or Apply actions button, it will state that it was unable to remove it and then prompt you to scan online. If you click on the Scan Online button it will list 35 different anti-virus programs, 30 of which are legitimate anti-virus programs and 5 that are rogues that the Trojan is distributing. These five rogue programs are:

* Red Cross Antivirus
* Peak Protection 2010
* Pest Detector 4.1
* Major Defense Kit
* AntiSpySafeguard or AntiSpy Safeguard

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20 May
2010

Protecting your privacy

There has been a lot of talk lately about Facebook and privacy concerns, security, and their terms of service. You can search the web and find tons of articles on how to lock down your profile and help protect your identity.

Facebook is becoming really popular for phishing scams, kind of like the ones I talked about Here and Here.

Here’s also a good article about Facebook’s privacy settings and what you should know.

A good rule to follow is always remember that the information you put on your Facebook (or anywhere else on the internet) is just that – on the internet. Limit what you share and be careful giving too much information away!

And hey, since I know you are on Facebook anyway, stop by our Computer Doctors page and say hello!

See you there, Jeanette

Florida tax-free weekend

Just a note if you are in the market for a new computer, Florida’s tax-free weekend is happening today through Sunday, [&hellip

Summer is here!

It’s time to check your equipment to make sure your computer is protected from these summer storms and power outages. [&hellip

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